GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Conditions are clear around Mt. Hood Thursday, which would make for a beautiful day for skiing, but runs are limited due to a light base of snow.
Resorts will have to rely on making their own snow for a while because only a small amount of precipitation was expected until at least 2014, according to KGW Meteorologist Jim Donovan.
Skiers bent on hitting the slopes around the Christmas holiday, however, won’t be out of luck. On Thursday, Mt. Hood Meadows had six lifts open and reported 35 hard-packed inches of snow.
Ski Bowl’s main lifts were temporarily closed Thursday, but 14 inches of machine-groomed snow kept the terrain park, ski school and tubing open.
Timberline had a snow depth of 30 inches with a limited 7 lifts open, and none of the resort’s double black diamond runs was open.
Farther south in the Cascades, Mt. Bachelor had 28 of 88 runs open with a 39-inch snow depth, and the dry weather is expected to look the same in Central Oregon for at least the next week.
Donovan said the forecast that’s keeping things dry in the metro area and crunchy in the mountains is expected to last well into the new year.